In this handout photo provided by the PMO, Prime Minister Stephen Harper shakes hands with Kevin Vickers, Sergeant-at-Arms, following his remarks in the House of Commons addressing the attacks in the Nation's Capital, on October 23, 2014 in Ottawa, Canada.
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October 23, 2014 3:04 PM EDT

The sergeant-at-arms of the Canadian Parliament was hailed as a national hero Thursday, credited with shooting and killing the man who gunned down a soldier and sprinted into the halls of Parliament.

Kevin Vickers was given huge and sustained applause as lawmakers returned to business. He said later in a statement that he was “very touched.”

“Yesterday, during extraordinary circumstances, security personnel demonstrated professionalism and courage,” he said. “I am grateful and proud to be part of this team.” …

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